Whether you are caring for dependent aging parents in your own home or if they are independent and live alone, as a caregiver you need to ensure that they remain safe.
In our part of the world, caring for aging parents at home is part of our culture, and opting for retirement homes, elderly care centres or nursing homes is often the family’s last resort.
The fact that you are reading this article means that you have already witnessed a significant change in the ability of an elderly parent in tackling everyday tasks safely. This could be as simple as being out of breath climbing the stairs or difficulty getting in and out of a chair. In some cases, the change is more significant and may be the result of a fall in the bathroom, recovery from a major health problem, dealing with arthritis or joint pain, or just getting frail with age.
Choosing Home Care
An overall decline in physical and mental vitality may result in visible and even drastic changes to our parent’s appearance, the standard of life, and emotional well-being. The more aware we are of how aging can affect them, and what options are available to them as seniors and us as caring adult children, the better for all involved.
“The stairs are getting so hard to climb.”
Whether you are caring for dependent elderly parents in your own home or if they are independent and live alone, as a Carer or Caregiver you will needs to ensure that they remain safe. In our part of the world, caring for aging parents at home is part of our culture, and opting for retirement homes, elderly care centres or nursing homes is often the family’s last resort.
“I’ve lived here 40 years. No other place will seem like home.”
Aging In Place
The well-being of our parents is our ultimate wish as they age and live out the last years of their lives. Elderly care means considering a family member’s emotional, mental and physical well-being.
“Staying in your own home as you get older is called aging in place”
Activities of Daily Living (known as ADLs)
Essentials necessary to the dignity and physical and emotional well-being of our elderly parents is to ensure their daily living requirements are met effectively. The basic ADL activities are typically listed as:
- Functional Mobility (moving while performing activities, getting in and out of a chair or in and out of bed)
- Bathing or Showering (Preventing Falls In The Bathroom)
- Personal Hygiene (includes brushing/styling hair, shaving, grooming activities)
- Toilet Hygiene (includes getting to the toilet, self-cleaning, getting up from the toilet)
Other types of daily living activities, not necessarily fundamental, but related to independent functioning are called instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs). IADLs most often refer to the following types of activities with long-term care:
- Cooking and Preparing Meals
- Cleaning and Maintaining the Home
- Shopping and Buying Necessities
- Running Errands
- Managing Money and Paying Bills
- Speaking or Communicating on the Phone or Through Other Devices
- Taking Prescribed Medications
Again, it’s important to the overall well-being of elderly parents that their IADLs are taken care of effectively and consistently. If there are obstacles or difficulties with doing these tasks alone, there is help. Whether it’s you, other siblings, relatives or friends that help out, or even professional caregivers, arranging help is possible.
Other sources of help include technological devices (Assistive Technology) that can provide assistance. Taking an honest look at where an elderly parent needs support is the first step and then assess at all the possible solutions in order get them the help they need.
Home Medical equipment
If they have impaired mobility and health issues that make it difficult or impossible for them to take care of these ADLs independently then you need to find them the appropriate help. Whether it’s providing care (you or a qualified caregiver) or investing in the proper home medical equipment and accessories to help them continue doing daily tasks independently, be aware that there are many choices and options available.
- Curved and Straight Stairlifts
- Riser & Recliner chairs (Lift chairs)
- Home Care or Nursing beds (have the basic functionalities of a Hospital bed but with the look of a Home bed)
- Bathroom and toileting safety aids
- Walking canes, walkers and Rollators
- Hoists and other Lifting equipment
Getting The Best Care For Elderly Parents
Ultimately, we all take on some type of caregiver role with elderly parents, even if we don’t live with them or provide daily care. As mom or dad, they once concerned themselves and devoted their time and energy to our well-being. Now, as adult children, we find ourselves doing the same for them. No matter how you look at it caring for elderly parents means making sure they are safe, happy and taken care of. If their well-being is ensured then we have peace of mind.
Something to remember is that caring for elderly parents shouldn’t be a burden or responsibility to bear alone. Caregiver support is available. In addition to siblings and other family members, there are experts, professionals, resources, and loads of information to help you in caring for elderly parents.
Finding the right mix for their welfare and happiness takes some time and is a dynamic condition that will change over time, perhaps even day to day. Don’t worry or stress out. Remember, you are not alone. Staying informed, considering their happiness and comfort and making use of as many supportive resources possible, is the best approach when caring for elderly parents.
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What is the cost of a Stairlift from Home Mobility?
At Home Mobility, the price of a stairlift depends on a number of things, such as the type of staircase you have (straight, curved, indoor, outdoor), the angle of your stairs and the space available at both the top and bottom of the stairs.